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Watch: NASA engineers successfully land InSight robotic spacecraft on Mars

See inside mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as signals return from the InSight mission as it lands on Mars. Landing commentary includes interviews with team members.

The InSight probe spent seven months on its journey from Earth and today it will undergo a harrowing 6-minute trip from entry to landing during which several critical maneuvers must go exactly as planned or the lander will become the latest crater on the red planet.

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which leads the mission, are preparing for the spacecraft to enter the Martian atmosphere, descend with a parachute and retrorockets, and touch down tomorrow at around noon PST (3 p.m. EST). InSight — which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport — will be the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars.

The live stream is set to begin at 2:00 p.m. EST.

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Duncan is a science and technology editor for CDN. Any opinions expressed in his articles are his own and not necessarily shared by CDN, its staff, officers, or their pets.

One comment

  1. Boy what an anti-climax. The least they could’ve done is sync the animation the happening.

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